New Hampshire country banjo clock.

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Project by tom427cid posted 01-22-2012 07:28 PM 1782 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I prefer country style furniture. And while “country style” is to often confused with “folk” and seems to be thought of as a bit crude. That is not true. Generally it lacks the fancy embelishments of the upscale”city style”, but there is no less the quality of craftsmanship. Good country furniture is not commomly found.
This clock came about sorta by accident. Four years ago one of my customers had a number of clock to be serviced so they could be distributed to family members. Among the clocks in the house was an unusual Banjo clock. It was a style I had not seem before(the last pic). I became enamoured with the clock because of its design. I knew that I would not be able to own the original(the $,and it was staying in the family). When I got back to the shop I made a sketch hoping someday to reproduce it.
Fast forward a year or so, a friend of mine who repairs clocks had a project banjo clock,all the major pieces seemed to be there, and the price was right.So I bought it,not really paying any attention to any details.
Another year went by and another clock person contacted me looking for a perion banjo clock movement. I remembered the project clock and told him I would check it out. The movement in the project clock was incorrect for the case,but as it has turned out it has all the characteristics of being made by a very obscure NH clockmaker from around 1830. At that time it occured to me that a NH movement in a reproduction NH case would be quite interesting.The customer’s clock it seems probably was also made in NH.
So,based on a couple of photos and some sketches I decided to reproduce the clock. Couple of weeks after the clock was finished my customer called and asked me to pick up a clock for service. Wouldn’t you know,it was the original. I showed the customer pictures of the reproduction and said that when the original came in for service it was sure to be photographed and measured. Customer’s reply,”well,of course it is”.
Thanks for looking,as always comments welcomed.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 07:36 PM

That is a unique clock Tom ,you’ve done a amazing job of reproducing a wonderful clock,

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 07:37 PM

Great story, and great clock.
Love the stuff you post.
Nice work Tom!

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 09:02 PM

Fabulous job Tom, well done :0

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 10:26 PM

Great looking clock

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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